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For the first time ever many of the biggest and emerging artists of the NL Heavy Music Scene have collaborated to record and release a track to help raising funds for the Red Cross, in occasion of 3FM’s Serious Request 2014, a massive dutch charity event that is organized every year by one of [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist – While thinking about the bands in the history of rock who eagerly utilize theatricality of performance to build their image and then end up accused of “style over substance” kind of thing, you may come up with such names as KISS, GWAR or [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – The Making of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead: “Uncensored – unseen – undead … this is the complete, no-holds-barred history of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead …” There isn’t anything heavier than Zombies, and Metal [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – If you loved the ‘80s, Inside Metal: The Pioneers of Los Angeles Hard Rock And Metal documentary will be right up your alley. Inside Metal chronicles the rise of the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles. The ‘80s were a time of decadence and excess. The [...]
The 2000s see the Hard Rock and Metal genres at a crossroads. While modern Metal continues to push to the extremes, a resurgent interest in the sounds of the ’70s and ’80s has produced new bands with an old swagger. Whether it’s the pompous credo of Glam or Sleaze Metal or the rebirth [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Monuments is an apt name for the new release by Swedish rockers We Are The Catalyst, as it borders on monumental. The hard working duo of Cat Fey and Kenny B (both formerly of the alternative metal act One Without) are poised to release their first full [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Eagle Rock Entertainment transferred the release of Banger Film’s Super Duper Alice Cooper from theater to the Blu-ray and DVD format. The film chronicles Vincent Furnier’s childhood to his taking on the mantle of the alter ego known as Alice Cooper. [...]
by Zane Cash – Photojournalist – August 7th, 2014 at the Downtown OKC Airpark in Oklahoma City, OK. – The hottest (literally) metal festival of the year was in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Aug. 7, 2014 and Hardrock Haven was there to cover the madness! The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem [...]
After reminiscing about the top Hard Rock and Metal albums from the ’80s, the Hardrock Haven staff decided we shouldn’t stop there. We now turn our attention to the ’90s. Again, taking aim at the top Hard Rock and Metal albums of that decade. With the deafening roar of Grunge’s [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Breaking Free is the debut EP from Copenhagen’s Forever Still. While not groundbreaking or evolutionary, this four track release is a shining example of the female-fronted Gothic Rock genre. Forever Still has a history going back to 2009 when [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – Corruption are no newbies to the Polish metal scene – founded in 1991, they’ve come a long way from their doom/death metal beginnings to their current stoner metal incarnation. Now, four years after the well-received Bourbon River Bank, they [...]
The Hardrock Haven staff is taking a nostalgic trip back to the ’80s, taking aim at those Hard Rock and Metal albums that made us fans of the genre(s). Whether it was the angst-driven anthems or the overly decadent lifestyle, the ’80s defined a music era that was hammered into our [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – The Swedish act Lake Of Tears, active since the mid-‘90s, is labeled anything from ‘Death to Doom to Gothic/Dark metal – and there is no doubt about their sound and specific atmosphere being targeted at a particular, tight circle of rock music [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist – Much hubbub abounds about the fact that Johnny Depp blessed this album with his stamp of approval. Problem is, Depp also claimed The Lone Ranger was a good movie. Well, he got one out of two right. Live Fast Die Loud is a good album. It never crosses [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Multi-instrumentalist and singer David J. Caron is back. After dropping a 28-track debut release in 2012, he has release a package called 9 Singles, consisting of four new tracks that will appear on his upcoming album, and five of the most memorable ones [...]
by Deb Rao – Senior Columnist – Hardrock Haven is always discovering the next cutting edge band making waves in the music industry. KXM is that next band, featuring ex-Dokken virtuoso George Lynch, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Dug Pinnick from Kings X. KXM embraces all of these [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Columnist – What the recent years have brought – apart from the obvious ‘80s nostalgia and the trend of retromania – is the growing number of contemporary rock/metal acts and young musicians who don’t deny their classic hard rock roots (and their having [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Multi-instrumentalist and composer Walter Monsanto has released his full-length solo album titled The Master Key. Hailing from Guatemala, Monsanto has been making a name for himself throughout the region, opening for international live acts, such as Michael [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor – After all these years, Ron Keel (KEEL, Steeler, Fair Game, IronHorse, Saber Tiger, etc.) finally has what he considers to be a true solo album, and he called it Metal Cowboy. Although an extensive list of musicians played on the album, the main [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Hydra is the upcoming release from European symphonic rockers Within Temptation – and it very well could be their strongest release to date. Smoothly firing on all cylinders with the support of a number of well-known guests, Within Temptation is [...]
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